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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Massachusetts

15 Colleges
2,856 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,526 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in MassachusettsCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular subjects to study in Massachusetts. With 2,856 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 9th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that 3.0% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Massachusetts ranking analyzed 15 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent communication and journalism programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the communication and journalism program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Massachusetts

The following schools top our list of the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 10 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University has taken the #1 spot in this year's communication and journalism ranking for non-traditional students. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Boston U not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts list.

About 1.7% of Boston U students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,534 of Boston U students are exclusively distance learners. 6,370 of Boston U students are attending part time.

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#2

Emerson College

Boston, MA

Emerson College comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Boston, Emerson is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Emerson did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts list.

About 1.8% of Emerson students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 85 of Emerson students are exclusively distance learners. 166 of Emerson students are attending part time. Emerson does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Northeastern University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Northeastern also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts list, coming in at #3.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.0%. Approximately 1,838 students take at least one class online at Northeastern. There are roughly 842 part time students in attendance at Northeastern.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts list.

About 3.0% of UMass Amherst students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 3,607 of UMass Amherst students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 6,250 part time students in attendance at UMass Amherst. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Suffolk University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Suffolk University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Suffolk is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. Suffolk also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts list, coming in at #7.

The student loan default rate at Suffolk is lower than is typical, just 3.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 444 students at Suffolk that take at least one class online. 1,211 of Suffolk students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Boston College not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. Approximately 316 students take at least one class online at Boston College. There are roughly 1,555 part time students in attendance at Boston College. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Simmons University

Boston, MA

Simmons University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Boston, Simmons is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Simmons also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts list, coming in at #9.

About 2.1% of Simmons students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,567 of Simmons students are exclusively distance learners. About 2,963 of the students at Simmons are attending part time.

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#8

Curry College

Milton, MA

Curry College landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Curry is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Milton.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.6%. Approximately 158 students take at least one class online at Curry. About 535 of the students at Curry are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Massachusetts - Boston. UMass Boston is a large public school located in the city of Boston.

About 5.8% of UMass Boston students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,315 students take at least one class online at UMass Boston. 4,896 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Our rankings recognize Westfield State University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Westfield is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Westfield.

The student loan default rate at Westfield is lower than is typical, just 4.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,923 students take at least one class online at Westfield. 1,207 of Westfield students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Communication & Journalism Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 173
Maine 172
Rhode Island 548
New Hampshire 739
Connecticut 1,308

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 2,337
Journalism 520
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 378
Public Relations & Advertising 355
Publishing 39

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 8,985
Education 8,728
Psychology 6,041
History 1,465
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 817

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 15 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Josh Hallett.

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